Computer Training

There are a number of computer training opportunities available to the HSPH community ranging from convenient, self-paced, online courses to traditional classroom courses at HSPH and on the main campus.

Free Online Self-Paced Training’s excellent video training library is available free of charge for the entire Harvard community!  For more information and to sign up, please see: is available to HSPH community

On-site Computer Training Courses

Each spring and fall, the HSPH Department of Information Technology and Office of Human Resources coordinate a series of on-site computer training courses. These courses offer business productivity titles from Microsoft, Adobe, and Novell and are taught by expert trainers from New Horizons, our training partner.

Courses are offered free of charge and are conveniently located in Kresge Building computer laboratories. Computer training materials are provided at all courses.

Our most popular courses have included:

  • Microsoft Excel classes of all levels from Introductory to Advanced
  • Introduction to Microsoft Project
  • Intermediate Microsoft Project
  • Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Introduction to Microsoft Access

These courses are free of charge and are conveniently located in the Kresge computer labs.  Each course includes excellent work book that can be used as a reference after the training.

To sign up for courses and to view the course descriptions, please visit:

Sign up early to make sure to reserve your spot in one (or more) of these valuable trainings as classes have been consistently filling up.

If you have suggestions for future training courses, please contact Erin Provensal, Instructional Technologist,, 617-432-2580.

Customized Computer Training Courses

If your group would like a customized training session, HSPH IT can work with New Horizons Boston to set up a custom computer training course for your group. Recent examples have been Advanced MS Excel for a financial office or MS Project for a research group.

Pricing information is available on our internal site.

Harvard Center for Workplace and Development Study’s Course

Harvard’s CWD offers year-round, low-cost computer training sessions in Cambridge and on the Harvard Longwood campus. There are a number of courses in database technology, desktop publishing, MS Office, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, web development, and word processing.

Visit CWD’s site on HARVIE:

Academic Courses

We encourage HSPH staff members to take advantage of computer science courses offered at the Harvard Extension School. Courses range from “Understanding Computers and the Internet” to “Oracle Database Design” and everything in between.  Courses are offered in the evening on the Cambridge campus.  Many courses are also available as distance education courses.

Quick Start Guides and Training manuals

Six-page quick start guides for Microsoft Outlook are available for all staff and faculty at the Helpdesk.